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Young's Oatmeal Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd

Young's Oatmeal StoutYoung's Oatmeal Stout

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527 Ratings

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: erz316 on 02-20-2009)
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Photo of atis


4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap in BombardierBar in Riga

Pours solid black with creamy dense off-white head till the side of the glass, lacing fully covers the sides of the glass and it arranges itself layers afters each sip, simply beautiful. Aroma is weak roasted malt with some sourness, slightly soapy.

Taste is sweetish roasted malt with notes of chocolate that dominate over bitterness, long lingering bittery aftertaste, medium-dry finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick, low carbonation.

Very good looking beer with excellent flavour qualities.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2010 20:09:51 | More by atis
Photo of drowland


3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into an English pint glass. The pour is dark black with some light through the edges. The aroma is some sweet with a dash of sour and a good drop of salty soy. The flavor has many layers, starting with sweet and a bit of sour followed by chocolate, salty soy, and smooth cream. The mouthfeel is carbonated but smooth and slick, going down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 02:41:28 | More by drowland
Photo of Shovelbum25


4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very smooth to the taste, almost like drinking a rich chocolate milk. A bit of a smoky nutty aftertaste. Incredible silky texture. This is definitely one of the better stouts I have tried in a while. The alcohol was well hidden. I had it on tap and it came out great. I would definitely suggest it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2009 18:44:55 | More by Shovelbum25
Photo of mugglesandhops


4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at cellarman's before they couldn't get it anymore and now I hear they aren't making this anymore and im somewhat upset I haven't had a chance to drink this lately. Great tasting beer, Pours dark with a nice thick head that is there for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2008 16:24:43 | More by mugglesandhops
Photo of dwpiercetx


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good beer. Went to a tap room in McQueeney, TX called the Silver Eagle. Nice bar. Very empty though because the owner in recent years has voiced and pushed his opinion on politics on everybody. Although, he was a nice gentleman and has a grand taste in beer. He did not fail to remind me and everyone that he had the last two kegs of this beer in Texas. It's a good beer, basic full stout. I love stouts, so this did not disappoint in the very least. It was a little thin though...it might be that these kegs were from many years ago. I didn't ask. If you get a hold of one by chance, take a drink or two. It might be your last, especially in Texas.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2008 03:07:05 | More by dwpiercetx
Photo of tempest


3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brewski's

This looks gorgeous with a pitch black body, a thick tan head that never dies and full-glass lacing. The aroma, however, leaves a lot to be desired. I just get a light, dusty smell without much coffee or chocolate. The flavor is also pretty mild, with most of the taste coming late with smooth but bitter cocoa.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2008 04:57:14 | More by tempest
Photo of shabbtastic

New York

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a bubbly head that was a bit brownish red in color. The head faded into a cap crown, which lasted throughout.

S - Toasted malt with chocolate hints followed by what were light hops. Not too overpowering, I'll admit it was a small let down.

T - Alcohol up front followed by rich roasted chocolate with coffee overlays.

M - Medium bodied with smooth and creamy path.

D - Very pleasant stout. Easy to drink when the temperature dips. I think it actually cured a wee cough I had.. :)

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2008 02:09:05 | More by shabbtastic
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Perfect. Deep ominous black body with thick creamy dark tan head. The head retention is excellent and a coating of lacing is left all the way down the glass.

S- Deep robustmalty smell. Some dark chocolate and coffee.

T- Good balance. Oatmeal can be detected. Some robust coffee and dark chocolate. Finish is clean. Taste is suprisingly light.

M- Thick syrupy body and low carbonation. Incredibly smooth and goes down easy.

D- This is a very drinkable stout. I would not hesitate to have this one again. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2007 16:08:08 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of jda007


4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to enjoy this fresh on tap at the old Young's Brewery, served in a traditional pint glass. It has a very dark color, almost black. It has a very thick, creamy head with a sweet but very light aroma of honey. The taste is excellent - slightly bitter. The aftertaste is very sweet and malty. It has a full flavor across the palate. Excellent stuff!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2007 05:13:12 | More by jda007
Photo of MiScusi


4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yardhouse in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

Appearance was dark black, with a light brown head.

Smelled of chocolate and coffee but mostly a roastiness.

Taste was roasty with bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel was a little heavy and slick, and carbonation level seemed a little low for what it should be.

Easy to consume this fast, but may run out of steam after a couple due to being a little heavier.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2006 16:09:06 | More by MiScusi
Photo of surfadelic23


3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Barleyhoppers in Riverview. One of three Young's offerings they have on tap. This one was a BEAR for the bartender to pour, but it was worth the wait once it warmed up. This ale is dark. dark as in you look into it to long and you will lose your soul dark. Pitch black with a coffee and cream color head that sticks the whole way down the pint. This has a clean cream and coffee flavor that is very pleasant . I'd say this is pretty well balanced in that it isn't very dry or icky overpoweringly sweet. This makes for a very drinkable stout!

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2006 17:41:06 | More by surfadelic23
Photo of Optimat0r


2.73/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

my first oatmeal stout. it poured dark and thick as hell, didnt notice the smell, didnt know what to expect tastewise but hoping for the best. i was greatly disappointed. compared to so many other dark beers its just so...bland. in fact it lives up to its name, it tastes like it was made out of plain oats. nothing was standout bad or anything, it just lacked the rich flavors and complexity of, say, a good dopplebock. i just dont see the advantage of drinking this one when theres so many more flavorful beers out there.
again theres nothing standout bad about it; if this is your thing im sure its a good one, but for me it was just extremely plain tasting.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2006 05:07:25 | More by Optimat0r
Photo of swamiswamu


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head on this one new lets up. When I finished the beer, there was still some creamy head on top. Totally amazing. The lacing was also huge. This is one of thte better OS out there. The malt is huge, but is nicely balanced. It is sweet but not cloying. The beer is about as drinkable as they come. A perfect pub beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2005 23:06:12 | More by swamiswamu
Photo of bultrey

New York

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an odd little oatmeal stout. This is one of my favorite styles, along with sweet stouts, and there just aren't that many great ones out there. Had this on draft at the Ginger Man in NYC, and it poured a beautiful midnight black with a tan, creamy, sexy head. The reason I say this is odd is because the first five to ten sips are sooo good, just an absolute orgy of dark roasty coffee chocolaty flavors tempered by a nutty sweetness that just makes the beer slide down your throat. As the beer warmed and disappeared from my glass, it just became more average. Now I know that this has to do with tastebuds adjusting and what not, but it just seemed a different beer to me. Thinner, but very drinkable still. Maybe it's a trick by the brewery to get you to drink more by always desiring that fresh pint. Overall, a very good oatmeal stout, and one I'll have to seek out more fequently. I bet the nitro can is damn fine, too.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2004 15:18:00 | More by bultrey
Photo of bigbeerdrinka


3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on Draft at Cornwall's Boston

This brew poured a deep black color with a super creamy chocolately head that just looked so nice. Initial aromas were roasty and malty with just a hint of oats and cocoa. For flavor this brew started off quite roasty with just a slight astringency. Following a nice array of chocolate, more roasty malts, and oats mixed well together to lead to a full flavored taste, though the body of this brew was surprisingly thin. The brew was for the most part sweet throughout with only a slight bitterness in the end. Though the body was a tad bit thin, the mouthfeel was still somewhat creamy which was quite nice. Overall a nice offering to try, but I wish this brew has just a little more body to it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2004 19:24:33 | More by bigbeerdrinka
Photo of Stimack

New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this brew on tap at Mahar’s, it was poured to a nice dark black color that would not let any light through. It was topped with a nice cream tan colored head that had very nice retention and left excellent lacing through out the entire brew.
The aromas of this brew were of coffee, chocolate, fruit and a bit of a hoppy smell. Very nice smelling brew that goes nice on a damp cool evening, at least the brew was making the day better!
This brew is silky smooth, creamy with its slight carbonation. The taste starts sweet from the chocolate but goes away quickly and finishes very dry. Additional hints through out of licorice, light coffee, charcoal, and a smoky aroma. All of the different aspects of this brew come together giving a very nice brew that I could enjoy all evening long.
This is a great oatmeal stout and one to try on tap if you get a chance. I would love to try this brews versions at the same time, on-tap, nitro can and bottle to see the differences. Sounds like a nice experience!

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2004 14:23:48 | More by Stimack
Photo of CRJMellor


3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a tan/khaki head. Aroma is roasted malt with some smoke and coffee highlights.
Taste is bitter coffee and roasted malt mellowed a bit by the oats. As the beer warms some raisin/date notes seems to appear. Mouthfeel is a little bit thinner than most Oatmeal stouts I've had.
Pretty good but not the best effort from this great brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2003 02:56:14 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of dedalus


4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this pint on tap at zeno's in state college.

the appearance is gorgeous, just solid black with a custard-colored head of thick, creamy foam that left a layered, clingy lace all down the sides of the glass, and stuck around until the pint was drained. my last tip of the glass was all thick, creamy foam.

the mouthfeel was thick, creamy, and smooth, so smooth, in fact, that the only beer that surpasses its smoothness is young's double chocolate stout.

the smell is restrained, light, cool roast and stout toastiness, with a hint of mineral tang.

the flavors are simple and subtle, but very full and satisfying: oily oatmeal maltiness, light roasted barley malt, and, strangley, an inky chalkiness in the finish. this last flavor was surprising at first, but once my taste buds acclimated themselves to it, it became a pleasant, integral part of the flavor profile. no real hops to speak of in nose or flavor, but the malt never becomes cloying at all, so there must be just enough hop to keep the malt from becoming overpoweringly sweet.

a great, satisfying beer, smooth as can be, that manages to be restrained without tasting or smelling weak. a great english stout that i recommend to all lovers of the style. and don't worry, the ink and chalk in the aftertaste is subtle, and you'll get used to it quickly. if you need boatloads of hops in your beer, stay away from this one, but otherwise, try it if you can find it, and you won't regret it.



Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2003 20:37:04 | More by dedalus
Photo of Boilermaker88


4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA. Had a dark, boggy brown color with brick-red edges and an inch-thick, creamy beige head that endured to the bottom of the glass, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace.
Smell was loaded with burnt chocolate malt, coffee and caramel.
Taste was kind of bittersweet, starting with a sweet caramel toffee flavor before being overtaken by the dark chocolate and coffee grounds flavors. Just the mildest alcohol note in the finish.
Feel was full, creamy, thick and smooth.
I'm really getting into the stouts, imperial stouts, and porters these days and this one from Young's was a real pleasant experience. I'll be looking for this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2003 20:42:46 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of clvand0


3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the local pub. Pours a very dark color with a thick tan head that takes some time to dissipate. Nice aroma - chocolate, coffee, and malts are what I get from it. The flavor reminds me of burned malts and caramel. Fairly smooth and enjoyable. Mouthfeel was average and the drinkability was slightly above average. I see myself having this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2003 19:02:24 | More by clvand0
Photo of yosh

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer, Raleigh, NC

This beer was a nice smooth beer. It was a dark, black color when it came to us with a nice head that left a lace all the way down the side of the glass. There was a mixed chocolate and coffee smell and a chocolate taste to this beer. I got this beer to get a free glass (Youngs Brewery) and I enjoyed the beer. They give a free glass away every week and rotate the brewery's at this place.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2003 20:21:42 | More by yosh
Photo of Tresha

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am extremely fond of desserts and have a major sweet tooth, which is why this beer fascinated me from the very beginning. The aroma is surely chocolate and coffee, sounds delicious! The flavours are also pretty sweet, chocolatey and a bit of licorice. I am looking forward to using this when I whip up my next chocolate based dessert!

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 10:50:33 | More by Tresha
Photo of CuriousMonk


4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (no date) into english pint. Pours a black appearance. Very creamy white head. A pretty ridiculous amount of very thick lacing. Roasted malt aromas, grain, caramel, slight chocolate, and an overall feeling of cereal. Sweet, grainy malt flavors. Big-time oatmeal. Chocolate, too. Body is smooth and creamy. Easy drinking, and balanced well.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 15:15:14 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of jsprain1


4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:
A- Very dark, black in fact, with a thin, yet persistant tan head.
S- Coffee, roasted malt, some dark chocolate. Something of a smoke smell exists as well.
T- Roasted malt, with dark chocolate, coffee, charcoal, and just a faint hint of hops. Very well balanced and great flavor thoroughout.
M- Gentle carbonation and creamy. That oatmeal really smooths this one out.
D- Not too heavy for the style and rather drinkable. One of my favorite stouts and certaintly one of the better oatmeal stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 06:02:37 | More by jsprain1
Photo of Halcyondays


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours black with a soft but firm tan head, full lace immediately and all the way down the glass. Great looking pint.

S: Sweet notes of fermented oats, brown sugar, hint of smoke and chocolate.

T: Sweet milk chocolate and oats, classic flavours for this style simply put. Creamed coffee mid-palate, gets a little more bitter burnt charcoal of a flavour at the finish, but a sweet beer overall.

M: Not cloying from the sweetness which I liked, creamy and smooth, medium/full-bodied even. A bit of acridity at the end prevents me from taking it to the next level.

D: The bottles still in the US are holding up well, I just wish Young's would come back with their full lineup, I miss them.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 02:08:44 | More by Halcyondays
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Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
89 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.